Onchan Ballasalla Peel Cregneash Laxey St John's Ramsey Port Erin Port St. Mary Kirk Michael Douglas
Saturday, April 18, 2015
You are here: Isle of Man > Towns and Villages

Castletown

(Balla Cashtal)

The old capital of the island with a very long history as the the home of vikings, kings, and government. There is much to see and do in this historical coastal town.

Castletown sits on the site of an ancient volcano. The town was the capital of the island for hundreds of years. The government was run from within it before moving to Douglas and much of what the island is today started in this historical town.

Tracing its origins back to 1090, Castletown holds true as one of the oldest towns in the British Isles. Its narrow streets and small fishing cottages prove this ancient past at every corner. The medieval Castle Rushen, once the home of kings and later government, still dominates the centre of town.

Fishing boats continue to fill the harbour, though Castletown saw the end of major commercial traffic to its port in the 1970's. The on going expansion of financial and industrial businesses in the area keep Castletown on the map as an important island town.


Events
Dates: Saturday 02 May 2015 - Monday 04 May 2015
Description: WOSAT (Western Open Studio Art Trail). WOSAT is an annual festival of the visual arts offering visitors the opportunity to not only view exhibitions of artists work but to visit artists studios, normally very private spaces, and to see and chat to artists demonstrating a wide variety of media in several public venues. There will also be childrens art try-outs available at many venues as well as some studios. Many try-out demonstrations are suitable for both adults and children. Although based in Peel and the west of the Island, WOSAT involves approximately 40 artists from all over the Isle of Man. Artists range from realism wildlife artists to abstract and cover a wide variety of media. including wood carving, photography, printing, textiles and ceramics as well as painting and drawing. Adult £2, Children under 16 free. Peel and the west of the Island ?? various:-Isle Gallery, Tynwald Mills, St. Johns = major exhibition Peel Cathedral and St. Patrick ??s Churches = exhibition and artist demonstrations Corrin Hall and House of Manannan, Peel = artist demonstrations Artists Open Studios ?? from Kirk Michael, Peel to Dalby Shop displays of artists work-Peel An illustrated catalogue with detail map and artist information is available at £2. For more information please see the website below. 2nd-4th May 2015, 10am to 5pm. 41 The Promenade,, Castletown, http://www.creativenetwork.im.
Dates: Sunday 17 May 2015
Description: Castletown Festivals Picnic in the Park and Sports Day. A family fun event with fun sports, bouncy castles, fun stalls, play area, childrens attractions and live music. Bring your own BBQ or picnic. Selection of Castletown Festival Queen 2015 (Castletown and Derbyhaven residents only eligible), also charity Frog Frolic Race (MAWCH). 1pm until 5pm. (Reserve date if inclement weather is Sunday 24th May). Poulsom Park, Off Victoria Road, Castletown, 01624824393 http://www.castletownfestival.im.
Dates: Friday 29 May 2015 - Sunday 31 May 2015
Description: Pre-TT Classic Motorcycle Races. Pre TT Classic. Classic bikes and sidecar racing on the exciting 4.25 mile Billown Circuit. 29th & 30th May and Sunday 31st May,,, Castletown, http://www.southern100.com.
More>>
Event information supplied by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism & Leisure (01624 686766)

Related News Articles

More >>>
Castle Rushen, Castletown

Castletown

Castletown

Castletown

Other Guides by Maxima Systems Ltd: Disney World